Marvin Lewis expects Deshaun Watson to start Thursday

Marvin Lewis expects Deshaun Watson to start Thursday

There are plenty of questions as we head into Week 2, particularly with the availability of a few key players due to injury and who will be the starting quarterback for the Houston Texans.

Texans coach Bill O'Brien on Tuesday declined to name a starting quarterback for Thursday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The 12 pick in the 2017 draft, Watson was 12 of 23 for 102 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Don't expect another miserable performance like the Texans had against the Jaguars, who recorded 10 sacks.

Optimism ran high for a bit, but Watson quickly faded under the pressure the Jaguars defense brought in the backfield. Still, there will be an inevitable learning curve for Watson, as Savage provided far more experience in O'Brien's system.

While Watson gives Houston a better chance to win because of how well he moves around to avoid the rush, the Texans are taking a gamble by allowing him to start.

"We just weren't in sync", Savage said "That's just kind of what it was".

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But it's the mostly the same unit that ranked No. 1 in total defense previous year (301.3 yards per game) and No. 2 in passing defense (201.6). Savage, for his part, completed seven of 13 throws for 62 yards and no touchdown for the Texans. He was also sacked six times.

The Texans could not generate any more points and the Jaguars added a field goal to make the final score, 29-7.

Kickoff between the Texans and Bengals is set for 8:25 pm ET on Thursday on NFL Network.

The Bengals are a good opponent for Watson in his first week as a starter. The Cardinals could also use Andre Ellington in pass-catching plays while Elijhaa Penny will be utilized in short-yardage situations.

"I think Deshaun (Watson) went in there and made some plays", O'Brien said on Monday about Watson's play against Jacksonville.

So it looks like Cincinnati will be well prepared for Watson.

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